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We are proud of the standard of dress at Selby High School and insist on high standards of appearance.   

School ties carry a coloured stripe in respect of the four Houses (White — Garrett House, Yellow — Hockney House, Blue —  Mason House, Green — Palin House).  All school ties are now clip-on ties.

It is the responsibility of parents, carers, guardians and students to ensure that the correct uniform is worn at all times both in school and during the journey to and from school.  Uniform regulations will normally be reviewed annually.  Fashion, however, can develop new styles of clothing and attire very quickly.  In circumstances where changes in fashion challenge the published uniform list the Principal in discussion with the SLT will reissue guidance to Parents, Carers and Guardians should the need arise.

All students should wear the following uniform:


  • Students must wear plain black leather/ leather-look shoes with black, brown or tan edges to their soles, and no coloured logos or strips. Boots are not allowed. Please follow link for acceptable suggestions of school shoes.
  • Trousers must be formal, tailored black school trousers in a regular fitting; “jeans-style” trousers (including any studs), tapered, or tight-fitting trousers are not allowed. Trousers must also be of a length that meets the tops of shoes i.e. no cropped trousers. Trousers can be worn with or without a plain black trouser belt with a non-fashion buckle. Please follow link for acceptable suggestions of school trousers.
  • Plain black skirt; no tight-fitting skirts, skirts made out of lycra or lycra-style stretchy material. Skirts must be no more than an inch above the knee.
  • Dark coloured ankle-length socks should be worn with trousers. Please note trainer-style socks are not allowed; black tights may be worn with skirts.
  • Grey blazer with school badge: Years 7 & 8. Black blazer with school badge: Years 9, 10 & 11.
  • Optional: Black jumper or cardigan with school name: Years 7 & 8. Grey jumper or cardigan with school name: Years 9, 10 & 11.
  • School tie: black background patterned with the correct house colour stripes: Garrett: White, Hockney: Yellow, Mason: Blue, Palin: Green.
  • Plain white shirt or blouse.
  • Students are allowed to wear a wrist watch and one small stud in each earlobe.  No other jewellery is allowed.
  • Any make-up should be discreet.
  • There should be no extremes of hair-style and only natural colours are allowed.
  • Only clear nail varnish is allowed; colours and nail extensions are not allowed.
  • School badges only may be worn on blazers.


  • The dress code will be checked throughout the day and any issues recorded as a negative point on Class Charts if in lessons, and in the planner if around school. All students must  adhere to the school’s dress code at all times. 
  • Trainers may be worn at lunchtimes by students wishing to use the tennis courts. Students must change back into shoes for lessons. Shoes must be worn at all other times during the school day, including the journey to and from school.   
  • Coats must be taken off when lining up outside classrooms before going into lessons.
  • Ties must cover the fastened top button of shirts or blouses.
  • Shirts/blouses must be tucked into trousers or skirts.
  • Make up which is in any way prominent or excessive is inappropriate for school and is not allowed.
  • Extremes of hair styles are not allowed, including shaved patterns, patches, colouring hair with non-natural colours e.g. bright red, green or blue and natural colours worn in an extreme manner e.g. a large blonde ‘stripe’. False nails and/or coloured nail varnish should not be worn. Students who do present with extreme hairstyles or non-natural colours ,will spend their break and lunchtimes in isolation and will not be allowed to participate in any official school photographs e.g. Year 11 photograph.
  • Students in incorrect uniform will be offered the chance to change into school-owned uniform. Refusal to comply will lead to isolation.
  • Hats and caps are not allowed in school (except on medical grounds, or for outside use on non-blazer days).
  • Jewellery, other than one stud in each earlobe, poses a health and safety risk and is not allowed in school.
  • Students who come into school wearing any other items of jewellery will be asked to remove them. Any refusal will be treated as defiance in line with the policy.  Parents/carers/guardians need to be aware that this rule also applies to any kind of body piercing and, therefore, need to carefully consider the timing if they give permission to their child to have a piercing.  In some cases the long summer holiday break may be the only time that allows the ‘healing period’ to be achieved in order to meet these requirements in school.


The following will not be allowed in school:

  • Knives and weapons
  • Alcohol and/or illegal drugs
  • Stolen items
  • Tobacco and cigarette papers
  • Lighters/matches/tobacco products
  • E-cigarettes
  • Fireworks
  • Pornographic images and/or images that are considered unsuitable (including electronic images such as those on mobile phones)
  • Any article that has been or is likely to be used to commit an offence, cause personal injury or damage to property
  • Chewing gum
  • Solvents and aerosols (including deodorant aerosols)
  • High energy drinks
  • Fidget spinners
  • Any kind of imitation weapon


An apron is necessary for practical science.  An apron or similar garment should be worn to protect clothes in Art and Design Technology lessons.  An apron, with a bib, in an easily cleaned fabric such as strong cotton or flame resistant washable fabric is required for Food Technology.


  • Black shorts (Umbro style)
  • White House T-shirt
  • Black hockey/football socks
  • White socks
  • Black tracksuit trousers (optional in winter months)
  • Plain black or grey sweatshirt (optional in winter months)
  • Trainers
  • Football boots/Astroturf (pimpled) trainers
  • Towel
  • Shin pads (compulsory)
  • Gum shields (compulsory)
  • Hair bobble for long hair
  • Valuables pouch e.g. pencil case/purse/wallet, to store valuables in before handing in

All items of uniform must be marked with the pupil’s full name.  In addition, initials should be embroidered on gym and games shorts.

The school expects the highest standards of work and behaviour including being polite and considerate towards others.  Students must not store/post images, statements or videos that may be perceived as being detrimental to the school or be regarded as bullying or harassment towards students/staff.  This includes the storage/postings on mobile phones and any social networking sites e.g. Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat. 

Mobile phones, smart phones, MP3 or MP4 players, tablets or similar communication devices must be kept out of sight and switched off from when students enter the site in the morning to after the last bell at the end of the day.  Students failing to comply will have their device confiscated which will only be released to a responsible adult at the end of the school day. It is vital that students hand in these high value items i.e. phones, MP3 players etc. when they are engaged in PE/ Dance / Drama.  This ensures these items are kept securely.  Refusal to hand over items will be treated as defiance in line with the policy.


Classroom Clothing Ltd., 22 Finkle Street, Selby, YO8 4DS.

Uniform may be obtained directly from the shops or from school during the Year 6 Open Evening held in the summer term.  A limited stock of ties are kept in school for purchase.


In order to be prepared for learning, the following equipment must be brought into school every day:

  • Planner
  • Blue / Black pen
  • Red pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Highlighter
  • Calculator
  • Glue stick